If you plan to go on an Uganda trip, you should add ‘seeing a gorilla’ on your itinerary. However, these are not gorillas behind cages or glass panes. Instead, these are mountain gorillas living freely in their natural habitat. Several parks in east-central Africa offer tourists a way to glimpse into the lives of these awe-inspiring creatures, and this is through gorilla tours, specifically Mountain Gorilla Trekking.
What Are Mountain Gorillas?
Mountain gorillas are one of four types of gorillas. This mammal is known to be the human’s closest relatives, along with bonobos and chimpanzees. These majestic creatures have such close family ties and see the world around them with much curiosity.
Unfortunately, it’s rare to see this creature up close as they are an endangered species. There are approximately 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the world. Though found in the wild, these creatures are primarily peaceful and have grown accustomed to humans being around. However, even if they consider humans as non-threatening, any action that might bring danger will cause them to be hostile and protective.
What Is Mountain Gorilla Trekking?
Before being able to go on this particular trek, you must first purchase a permit beforehand. You should also pack the basics for a nature hike. A mountain gorilla trek consists of mainly two parts: hiking and observing. First, guided by a professional, you will trek through lush forests and on mountain trails. Expect some steep climbs in higher altitudes as you make your way deeper into the mountain gorillas’ natural habitat.
Since these spots are truly far away from any human activity, the trek will take a few hours. Fortunately, all that hard work will pay off once you reach the animals’ natural abode. The next part of the trek is a chance to intimately watch mountain gorillas from a safe distance in their surroundings. This portion usually takes an hour, and there will be lots to see, as these groups usually comprise eight to forty gorillas. Thankfully, these gorillas won’t be bothered too much; each of these treks has a limited number of tourists. Both you and the gorillas will be in peace as they go about their daily lives.
Which Places Offer a Mountain Gorilla Trek?
National parks around the borders of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are ideal places for mountain gorilla treks. The most popular parks are at:
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Rift Valley, Uganda
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Virunga Mountains, Uganda
- Volcanoes National Park, Virunga Mountains, Rwanda
Mountain gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime event that you should try at least once in an Uganda vacation. Visitors have described it as a near-spiritual experience, being surrounded by the wild. Not only will you be able to immerse yourself in the vibrant African landscapes, but you will also get to have an intimate look at how mountain gorillas live. All it takes is early preparation, fortitude, and the yearning to see a fantastic animal.
Bushman Safaris is the perfect partner for you when you plan your next trip to Uganda. We offer various tours and Uganda gorilla safaris that will either bring you close to these beautiful animals or offer you a way to view the magical African wilderness. Whether it’s a quick visit or a week-long stay, we offer services and packages to fit your schedule. Experience the best of Uganda with us; contact us today for inquiries!